Heading into the weekend, ESPNOutdoors.com, with light rain falling and the forecast for more of the same later today, asked some of the remaining pro's three questions about Saturday's action: 1)What's your predicted cut weight to get in the top twelve? 2)How does the expected Saturday recreational boat traffic play in to today's action 3) What have you learned in this week's competition?
Scott Rook jumped from 47th place Thursday to eighth place Friday in the Bassmaster Elite Series Sooner Run by catching a five-bass limit weighing 20 pounds, 12 ounces. And his day could have been better.
You'd think the anglers were giving away money, there are so many boats following Elite Series pros like Kevin VanDam and Mike McClelland on Grand Lake.
The best of what the Elite anglers had to say on Day Two of the Sooner Run presented by Longhorn Tobacco.
Kelly Banks, a firefighter from nearby Ramona, Okla., bided his time from the back of the boat Friday and made a clutch upgrade with time running out in taking a 1-pound, 6-ounce lead into the final day of co-angler competition.
Greg Gutierrez was practicing for the Bassmaster Elite Series Sooner Run on Grand Lake earlier this week when his cell phone rang.
A quick glance at the leaderboard of the Elite Series Sooner Run presented by Longhorn Tobacco shows 13 anglers crowded at the top, within four pounds of Kevin VanDam's 21-pound, 11-ounce Thursday first-place total.
Two weeks ago, after a merely human 39th-place finish on Virginia's Smith Mountain Lake, Kevin VanDam wasn't a happy man. But the two-time Bassmaster Classic champion and three-time BASS Angler of the Year was smiling again after the opening day of the Sooner Run presented by Longhorn Tobacco on Grand Lake.
With the changing conditions on Grand Lake, we polled a sampling of Elites competing in the Sooner Run presented by Longhorn Tobacco on: 1. What depth are you keying on today? 2. What's a wild card for you today? 3. What's your prediction on the cut weight?
It's a good thing Aaron Martens is in eighth place after the opening day of the Sooner Run presented by Longhorn Tobacco on Grand Lake. And even still, Martens' wife, Lesley, was probably ready to commit spousal abuse if she could have gotten her hands on him during the tournament Thursday.